Portsmouth got a morale-boosting win on the weekend in Lancashire, as the south coast side defeated Bolton 1-0 to keep within touching distance of the play-off places.
Kenny Jackett’s side had struggled away from home going into last Saturday’s game, with their last win away from home coming back in late November.
In spite of that, the Blues made their chances count. Bolton had almost twice the amount of shots during the game, yet, could not find an opening.
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Christian Burgess was the unlikely match-winner for Pompey, tapping in a rebound at the near post, as Remi Matthews could only parry John Marquis’s close range header, and the defender was there to strike the ball into the net.
The result moves Portsmouth up to 7th in League One, level on points with Sunderland in the final play-off place.
Here are three key things we learnt from Portsmouth’s win at the weekend…
Bass holding his own in goal
This was Alex Bass’s third consecutive game ahead of Craig MacGillivray between the posts, and the 21-year-old was on hand to keep an important clean sheet for his team against Bolton.
According to WhoScored, the Pompey stopper made a total of three saves during the game, and once again has repaid the faith shown in him by Kenny Jackett.
Although Jackett has said previously that MacGillivray would only be dropped for a handful of games, it could now be the case that the shirt is Bass’s to lose.
The 28-year-old produced an impressive performance at centre-half on Saturday, and was deservedly awarded Man of the Match for his efforts at the University of Bolton Stadium.
According to WyScout, Burgess completed six interceptions, won 78% of his defensive duels and made five clearances during his ninety minutes on the pitch.
Most importantly, though, the defender was at the right place at the right time to tap in Portsmouth’s winner – in what was his first strike since April last year.
Held on well to deny Bolton
Despite emerging as the winning side at the end of the contest, Portsmouth had to deal with a lot of pressure from Bolton during the game.
The hosts had sixteen shots on goal compared to Portsmouth’s nine, showing that their attacking intent was there. The Trotters also had 57% possession during the game.
Looking at those statistics, it could be argued that Portsmouth were somewhat fortunate to keep Bolton at bay, and hang onto the win like they did. That should be a warning for future away games.